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Thesent r: Conscientious Objector to Formalism By Theodore A. Harris Thesent r: Conscientious Objector to Formalism is a series of minimal, image and quotation based works that uses poetry to confront mainstream art criticism, art history, to look beneath the surface politics of aesthetics and formalism in a presentation of art that is not self-referential or to put a Black face on the art history of imperialism.Formalism functions as the cosmetics of art criticism like aluminum siding on a slumlord's property. It is an attempt to disguise what is crumbling beneath the surface politics of its proselytizing church bells, ringing, in the mega church / museums and galleries where there are more Black bodies guarding the white cube then exhibiting in it.What marginalized artist know is that canon formation is a battlefield and critical art is the weapon In the crossed out words of Basquiat to repel ghosts.
About the Author
Theodore Harris Theodore A. Harris was born in 1966 in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, where his art practice is based. Harris is a collagist, author, poet, curator, and essayist on the intersection of art and politics. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as The University of Chicago Center in Paris, France; University of Pennsylvania, PA; Hammonds House Museum and Resource Center of African American Art, Atlanta, GA; Harmony House Stanford University, CA. His work is in private and public collections such as The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, (PA), the Center for Africana Studies University of Pennsylvania, Saint Louis University Museum of Art, Du Bois College House University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, La Salle University Art Museum. He has held residences at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (New Orleans), 40th Street A-I-R (Philadelphia), Hammonds House Museum and Resource Center of African American Art (Atlanta, GA), and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, CT). He has co-authored books with Amiri Baraka-Our Flesh of Flames (Anvil Arts Press: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUPSiPbqn-Y), Malcolm X as ideology-and with Fred Moten-i ran from it and was still in it (Cusp Books). His exhibitions in 2015 were: - Collage and Conflict, La Salle University Art Museum (Philadelphia, PA): http: //vimeo.com/19613879 / https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0AtcUSdke0 - Conscientious Objector to Formalism, Temple University, Paley Library (Philadelphia, PA) - The KNIFE Unsheathed: Works from 1995 to 2015, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Philadelphia, PA) Harris is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Black Aesthetics.